NDMA, IRC identify with flood victims
By Emmanuel wise Jipoh
The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has reached out with cash distribution to flood victims in Monrovia.
According to IRC Country Focus Person, Ms. Diana Bedell Mejeco Dummie, the exercise involving Mobile Money cash transfer is to identify with residents who were affected by floods during heavy downpours in July this year.
She said the IRC partnership with the NDMA is a way of responding to flood victims in Plumkor Community, 8th Street Sinkor, reaching out to approximately one hundred and ten (110) households.
According to Ms. Dummie, each of the beneficiaries received one hundred, sixty-four United States Dollars and fifty cents (US$164.50).
She said the money per household is intended for the recipients to meet some needs during their recovery process after being hit by floods.
For his part, the executive director for operations at NDMA, Agustine F. Tamba, called for national resilience after devastating floods across the nation.
Mr. Tamba explained that government and partner selected 1000 households from nine (9) communities in Montserrado county and its environs for cash transfer and food distribution.
He lauded the IRC for the collaborative effort and hoped that the partnership goes a long way in helping victims of disaster.
According to him, total amount estimated for relief distribution to flood victims is US$250,000 for three months.
In a jubilating mood, some beneficiaries expressed thanks to the National Disaster Management Agency for reaching out to them.
Bioma T. Fahnbulleh, a victim of flood, asked government to ensure adequate compensation for lives lost and property destroyed from devastating floods across the country.
In early July, heavy downpours across the country led to floods in Monrovia and surrounding areas, including Margibi, Grand Cape Mount and Bomi counties, affecting approximately 187 homes. Editing by Jonathan Browne